The Rangers' offense was unable to come through for Yu Darvish, as they were shut out 2-0 by the Toronto Blue Jays Friday night.
After Erik Kratz and Anthony Gose hit back-to-back bunt singles to lead off the eighth, the duo were brought home on a RBI double from Melky Cabrera, giving the Blue Jays the two runs they would need to defeat the Rangers.
It was another good outing for Darvish, who had eleven strikeouts, giving him his 22nd career start with at least ten strikeouts. Nobody else in the majors has more than 14 games with 10 plus since 2012. Unfortunately for Darvish, the lack of run support from his team meant that the two runs he gave up in the eight were enough to earn him the loss.
“He pitched extremely well” said Rangers’ manager Ron Washington. “It was the first team that could make something happen, and they did in that one inning. There’s the two runs.”
Matthew McConaughey, who was in attendance tonight, has won more Oscars than the amount of runs the Rangers were able to score tonight. Not only was the team shutout by Blue Jays’ pitcher Drew Hutchison, who was 1-3 prior to tonight’s game, they were only able to produce three hits. It’s been a rough season for the Rangers offense, and at-bats don’t seem to be improving. However, Washington believes there is still some hope for his lineup.
“We’re not scoring runs” said Wash. “We’re not putting a lot together as a group. But I don’t get impatient because it’s a long season. I have quality guys out there, it’s just a matter of them constantly getting their at-bats until things fall into place.”
Between the 13 Rangers that are on the DL at the moment and the lack of offensive production, it’s easy to think negatively about the impending months. The team is remaining positive however, or at least they say they are, and believe they have the potential for power.
“Obviously we are not where we want to be” said outfielder Alex Rios. “This is an offense capable of doing a lot of damage. We haven’t quite got there yet, but as far as I can see we are all still very positive.”
The highlight of the night for the Rangers came all the way from Myrtle Beach, where prospect Joey Gallo went 4-4 with three home runs for the Pelicans. Gallo hit the same amount of home runs tonight that Prince Fielder has hit all season, and now has 17 homers on the year, leading the minor leagues.
Game time is slated for 7:15 p.m CT Saturday, as the Rangers will honor Michael Young with a pregame ceremony.